The national tally of COVID-19 cases is now up to 44,254 after a record-breaking increase of 2,434 cases in just one day. This broke the previous record high of 1,531 posted just two days ago.
1,147 of the new cases were classified as “fresh” or were detected in the last three days. The other 1,287 are “late” cases or were part of the validation backlog.
“As the country continues to ease community quarantine measures, the rise in the number of cases may be attributed to the increased contact among the population,” the Department of Health said.
Data from DOH showed that 1,069 of the new cases were from Metro Manila, 602 came from Central Visayas, and 756 from other regions nationwide. The remaining seven cases are overseas Filipinos who recently returned to the country.
On the other hand, DOH also recorded an all-time high single-day recoveries at 489 new COVID-19 survivors. Recoveries now total to 11,942.
Seven more individuals succumbed to the virus-related illness, increasing the death toll to 1,297.
The DOH urged the public to strictly adhere to health protocols and practice preventive measures against COVID-19.